System thinking, coming from roots in mainstream Western philosophy, tends to orient towards (i) thinking in space, before (ii) thinking in time. Structure is an arrangement in space. Process is an arrangement in time. A critical systems perspective leads us to think about inclusion within boundaries. Does this lead us to overlook boundaries in time?
Living systems are a subtype of systems in general. The capability for autonomous movement might lead us towards a philosophy of “becoming with” as “becoming alongside”. This can lead us towards a challenging shift towards process philosophy.
Participants in Systems Thinking Ontario session were invited to discuss, and potentially reframe their view of systems.
This session was originally announced at https://wiki.st-on.org/2022-01-10 .
A. Some Systems Thinking Basics B. Hawk (1999): Change of state vs. State of change C. Ingold (2000): Temporality of the Landscape D. Nayak & Chia (2011): Process Philosophy E. Discussion